Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Why Should I Use uCertify? – A uCertify Training Review










With six 2015 SIIA CODiE awards in four categories and the overall award for Best Education Solution, it seems like a great time to share our uCertify review. Since the CODiE Awards are the only peer-recognized program, the market validation of these awards has special significance to the market.

UCertify offers over 400 titles from a broad range of vendors including, but not limited to:

uCertify’s fully integrated courses, labs and simulators are provided on uCertify’s award-winning, flexible platform. The content, mapped to current curriculum, is designed for easy integration into instructor-led training and self-study programs. A key component is the feature-rich, foundational learning tools that provide an interactive experience with -text, pre- and post-assessments, quizzes, exercises, tests and instructional videos—everything you need to reach your education and certification goal.

COURSES
Comprehensive uCertify courses have a user-friendly dashboard and adaptable interface that lets you freely toggle between the various learning tools and back to the particular topic you’re working on. The Study Planner feature lets you design a study plan in any of the three learning modes—Test, Learn, or Review—depending on your learning style.
  • Device ready: online course access from any computer (PC or Mac) or tablet (Android, IOS)
  • Easy to navigate dashboard
  • Interactive eLearning elements
  • Video tutorials
  • Exercises, flash cards and quizzes 

LABS
Hands-on uCertify labs are online and created to give you quality study and practice with real-world scenarios in a safe environment. The video tutorial supplements demonstrate lab solutions, in addition to the explanation. As with the courses, the labs have the Study Planner feature.

SIMULATORS
uCertify's state-of-the-art, interactive network simulators provide effective hands-on skills enhancement without investing in expensive lab equipment. The simulators are designed specifically to help you prepare for practical questions—perform a task or solve a problem within a simulated IT environment—as a means of demonstrating specific knowledge or skills. uCertify simulators contain:
  • Hundreds of hands-on practice labs, mapped to textbooks
  • Scenario-based labs develop your problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • A bonus of 50 assessment labs that can be used for self-testing
  • An open command environment that lets you explore configurations beyond the Lab
  • Detailed grade reports that provide automatic scoring and comprehensive performance data


uCertify’s 2015 CODiE Awards

Best Education Solution

uCertify LEARN:
  • Best Career & Workforce Readiness Solution
  • Best Corporate Learning/Workforce Development Solution

uCertify LABS:
  • Best Virtual Learning Solution

uCertify TEST:
  • Best Student Assessment Solution

uCertify COURSE:
  • Best Instructional Solution in Other Curriculum Areas
  • Best Postsecondary Learning Solution


When is the Right Time to Get an IT Certification?


Like every other IT professional in the world, you've probably asked yourself, "When is the right time to get an IT certification?" IT development moves at a frenetic pace so it makes sense to wait for the opportune moment to make the investment in training and certification. After all, you want to be as current as possible, right? Well the problem with this strategy is that IT development moves at a frenetic pace. There is always something new on the horizon. The key is to pick a horizon. Actually, you need to pick three.

If you harken back to that age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and look at it from your current life situation. Which IT discipline appeals to you the most? This is your first horizon. Then think about your dream job. This might not be your next job and you may change your mind at any point. The goal is to set a goal. This is your second horizon. Your third horizon is industry. Maybe corporate culture is your thing and maybe you're a mad-scientist contractor. Maybe you have an entrepreneurial flair and your passion is start-ups. You may be into healthcare or music. You may even be into finance. The point is to find where your career interests and dream job intersects with the industry you really want to work in. Then start your research to figure out the details:
  • What are the common positions and salary ranges?
  • Will you have to move in order to find the opportunities you want?
  • How close are you to being in a position to make a move?
  • What training and certification do you need to get started?
  • What experience do you need on your resume to move forward?

At the end of the day, the best time to start is now. Start your research, start planning your future, start taking steps to get there.

No matter the IT certification you plan to pursue, remember that mindhub.com offers a wide range of study materials to help you prepare for the all-important certification exam.